|Marcus and Amber Zuckerberg | Facebook (friendme_) wrote,|
@ 2010-07-29 13:51:00
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Deity Name: Facebook
Pantheon: New Gods
Current Alias: Amber and Marcus Zuckerberg
Apparent Age: Early 20s, with Amber looking slightly older
Occupation: Amber officially works for the Facebook Coporation as a web designer. Marcus is given a monthly allowance so long as he promises to never try representing Facebook officially in any capacity. They also both serve as advisors for the company and claim to be Mark Zuckerberg's cousins, though only the highest echelons of the company know the truth about any of it.
Personality: Amber is the official god of the site. She was born as the website exploded into popularity, and has been making important decisions along with the CEOs of the company for several years. Most of the time, she's cheerful and bubbly, always willing to chat at length about anything and everything. She is by far the more professional of the two, and she knows every facet of her website and company from top to bottom. She comes off as a little vapid sometimes, but she's very smart, and she knows that people are a lot less likely to suspect you're up to something if they think you're stupid. And she really wants people to be comfortable around her. So comfortable that they'll tell her everything about their life.
Amber's very inquisitive, wanting to know everything about everyone. It's not a malicious urge, not really; she just finds everything about people so fascinating. Even the stupid, dull details like what a person ate for breakfast have something beautiful about them, something wonderful and true. If Amber's feeling particularly open (or drunk), she'll wax at length about how Facebook serves as a mirror to life, showing the good and the bad, the wonderful and the awful, the quintessentially human.
Whether or not any of that is actually true doesn't matter, because Amber believes it wholeheartedly.
More than anything else, she wants to see Facebook succeed, to be invaluable to the Internet the way Google or Wikipedia have become. By all accounts, she seems to have succeeded, but that doesn't stop her from lying awake at night, terrified. In every other website she's crushed beneath her heel, she's seen the possibility that it could happen to her. Anything that threatens the Facebook's popularity or accesibility is guaranteed to send her into a frothing rage.
Marcus is very different. If he had an official designation, it would probably be 'The Dark Side of Facebook. He was born partially from the media frenzy that surrounds Facebook's various scandals and partially from the drama, rage, and malicious joy of the users themselves. Every case of stalking, trolling, and cyber-bullying that happens on Facebook makes him stronger. Really, anything that causes some kind of upset on Facebook makes him stronger.
Why did you post that picture of yourself taking a bong hit? Why are you very publicly stalking your ex and leaving drunken posts on her wall? Why haven't you changed your status from 'Single' to 'In A Relationship'; would it have anything to do with still being friended to your ex-boyfriend? Marcus doesn't know the answers to any of these questions, but he's so glad you're bothered about it. He views Facebook mostly as a cesspool, where the most shallow, awful parts of humanity come into play, but he's just as devoted as Amber is to keeping it running. How would he get this kind of entertainment and power otherwise?
The siblings have an uneasy relationship with each other, to say the least. Amber wishes Marcus didn't exist (everyone would trust her more, then), and has stated this loudly and often. Marcus views Amber as a boring hypocrite who won't let him steer Facebook in the direction he wants. They'll work together to protect the site, but beyond that all bets are off.
History: Facebook was the creation of Mark Zuckerberg, a Harvard student who had too much time on his hands one night. Originally called Facesmash, it posted pictures from online directories of Harvard students (called, apropriately enough, 'facebooks') and had visitors vote on who was hotter. In its first hour online, four hundred and fifty people visited it. Facesmash was shut down by Harvard officials a few days later, but Zuckerberg knew he'd hit on something that could be huge.
In February of 2004, Zuckerberg launched thefacebook.com. Originally, membership was limited to Harvard students, and after only a few months of existence, half the undergrad population at Harvard were registered as users. Eventually, Facebook expanded to include all of the Ivy League schools, and by the end of 2004, Zuckerberg and a few other students had incorporated into the Facebook Company. By 2005, they'd moved their base of operations to Palo Alto, California, and dropped the 'the', registering the domain name facebook.com for $200,000.
Despite Facebook's exponentially growing popularity, Amber wasn't truly born until September of 2006, when Facebook allowed anyone thirteen and older to register. It was then that she showed up on Mark Zuckerberg's doorstep, looking all of thirteen years old and claiming to be the god of his website. Since then, she's been posing as Mark's cousin, growing in leaps and bounds along with the website she's tied to.
It wasn't until 2008 that Marcus showed up. Before then, he'd been no more than an uneaasy feeling in the back of Amber's mind, a creeping shadow on the walls of her imagination. But the advent of "New Facebook" and the complete redesign of the website's layout provoked enough user rage, controversy, and media attention to pull Marcus into the world and give him form.
Since then, they've both been working in their various ways to guide the site as they see fit. Amber's presence can be seen in the site's slow erosion of any reasonable privacy policies, Facebook's absolute victory over MySpace, and the inclusion of games on the site (she's especially fond of Farmville). Marcus' presence can be seen in the numerous cases of cyber-bullying and online stalking, the almost endless cases of trolling, and most recently, "Everybody Draw Mohammed Day". They both helped write portions of the script (though declined writing credits) for the movie The Social Network, which details the creation of Facebook.
PB: Linday Lohan and Shawn Ashmore
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